Spirit of the Season (album)

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Spirit of the Season
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Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
RecordedDecember 14-17, 2006
GenreChristmas
LabelMormon Tabernacle Choir, Universal Norway
ProducerMack Wilberg, Craig Jessop, Bruce Leek, Fred Vogler
Mormon Tabernacle Choir conducted by Craig Jessop chronology
The Wonder of Christmas
(2006)
Spirit of the Season
(2007)
Rejoice and Be Merry!
(2008)

Spirit of the Season was recorded during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2006 Christmas concert "The Spirit of the Season," with special guest Sissel, joined by the Mormon Tabernacle orchestra and bells, conducted by Music Director Craig Jessop. The album was released in 2007 along with a concert DVD and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart within five weeks of its release and remained there for nine weeks. The album was also nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Engineered Album - Classical.[1] The recorded concert was also broadcast on PBS stations in December 2007 to more than 4 million Americans.

The album was the choir's first No. 1 Billboard Classical album.[2] The album was also released in Sissel's home of Norway via Universal Norway on December 10, 2007 due to high demand where it charted in the top 10.

Track listing[edit]

CD
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella"Choir, Orchestra, and Bells4:58
2."Wexford Carol"Choir and Orchestra5:01
3."Sunny Bank"Choir and Orchestra3:12
4."Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"Sissel with Choir and Orchestra2:34
5."In the Bleak Midwinter"Sissel with Orchestra3:24
6."In Dulci Jubilo"Sissel with Choir and Orchestra4:16
7."Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker"Sissel with Orchestra4:10
8."Noe! Noe!"Choir and Orchestra3:11
9."Maria wiegenlied"Sissel with Choir and Orchestra3:18
10."Spirit of the Season, from The Polar Express"Choir, Orchestra, and Bells2:35
11."Like an Angel Passing through My Room"Sissel with Orchestra5:00
12."The Bells of Christmas Medley (The Bells of Christmas; Carol of the Bells; From Every Spire on Christmas Eve; I Heard the Bells...)"Choir, Orchestra, and Bells4:25
13."Vitae Lux (Light of Life)"Sissel with Orchestra3:45
14."Lux Aurumque"Choir and Orchestra3:51
15."Silent Night"Choir and Orchestra5:33
16."Angels, from the Realms of Glory"Sissel with Choir, Orchestra, and Bells4:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[3][4] 154
US Billboard Holiday[3] 20
US Billboard Classical[2][4] 1
US Billboard Independent[3][4] 15
US Billboard Christian[3][4] 11
Norwegian Top 40 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stenar (2007-12-06). "Sissel News: 'Spirit of the Season' Nominated for Two GRAMMY® Awards!". Sissel News. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  2. ^ a b Gentry, Bryan (2011-01-01). "Mormon Tabernacle Choir successfully taps into new market". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  3. ^ a b c d "Spirit of the Season - Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra Temple Square". Billboard. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Album Search for "spirit of the season"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-05.